Ride for Ryder – Cheltenham 2019

Earlier this year the fund-raising team at the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice invited me to capture the fun and excitement of their annual cycling challenge – Ride for Ryder 2019.

This is one of the longest running and best-loved charity cycling events in the UK. It starts in the centre of Cheltenham and offers riders a choice of 40km, 90km or 130km routes around the Cotswolds.  Last year’s event raised over £50,000 for the hospice.

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Black and White Photos of Blackburn in the 1970s

A few months ago, I found a set of black and white negatives while sorting through my filing system.  The pictures of children playing in the streets in Blackburn were taken in the mid-1970s for a school photo competition – which I won with a picture of a young girl in a chequered coat.

Anticipating the potential value of the photos, I contacted the community history librarian at Blackburn Central Library.  Mary Painter described the negatives as ‘gold dust’ and introduced me to Bill Jacobs – a journalist at the Lancashire Telegraph. Read More

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